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MUNOZ CORREA, Juan Guillermo. La viña de Quilicura en el reino de Chile, 1545-1744. Universum [online]. 2005, vol.20, n.2, pp.34-41. ISSN 0718-2376.

The Quilicura vineyard, located in a farm (chacra) close to Santiago, was originated in a land grant approved by the town council (cabildo) shortly after the Spanish Conquest. It thereafter underwent every form of property transfer: sale, inheritance, dowry, subdivision, reunification, donation, debt payment and public auction. Its successive proprietors conform to what the historiography has said about Chile’s colonial elite: they also owned town houses, farms in the suburban belt and cattle estates in the more rural areas. The vineyard did not only meet economic ends such as the production of wine, small leases and the acquisition of capital through mortgages, but it was also instrumental in negotiating marriages and, surpassing the worldly sphere, obtaining a shorter stay in Purgatory. This vineyard is a fine sample of a colonial economic unit, the ways it was exploited, and the expenditures and natural risks it had to confront

Keywords : Latin American colonial economy; chilean viticulture; viticulturiste farm.

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